Grove Backs Voter ID Bill
6/23/2011

HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) released the following statement regarding House passage of legislation that would require voters to show proof of identification at the polls:

“House Bill 934 is about ensuring every individual’s vote counts, and all votes are counted equally.  Voter fraud is a serious challenge to our democracy, and it has a demoralizing impact on law-abiding citizens who believe in the fairness of elections.  Voter fraud and electoral misconduct undercut the ideals upon which our nation was founded.”


“I have heard the concerns of colleagues who claim this proposal will disenfranchise voters who do not have identification, but 96 percent of the voting age population in Pennsylvania currently holds an identification card that would qualify under this legislation.  Additionally, any voter who is unable to produce identification at the polls would be provided a provisional ballot.  There are so many activities for which an individual must present identification, including those which are constitutionally protected, such as purchasing a firearm, so I see no validity to arguments that this is an infringement on an individual’s rights.

“Voting is one of our fundamental rights as Americans – it is one of the many things that make our country great.  It is, however, a right that is reserved for American citizens.  House Bill 934 is another mechanism to establish that only those who have the right to vote are doing so.  We have seen a rash of voter registration fraud, which erodes voter confidence.  This legislation will help to ensure our elections are representing the true will of Pennsylvania citizens.”

More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at RepGrove.com and Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

 

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